Can’t wait to see David Anders slip on the mask and Samurai swords when the second season of Heroes premieres next month? You don’t have to. Tim Kring and company have set up a little fake “documentary” on the famous Takezo Kensei at YamagatoFellowship.org. It’s Ken Burns gone Heroes, and comes in five-parts available only on the web for your viewing pleasure. So what are you waiting for? Learn about the real life of Kensei, the “wild savage turned master swordsman whose heroics helped unify Japan.”
More about Kensei from the site:
Takezo found a sword frozen in the snow that helped him focus all his strength and courage. Some say this sword, and Takezo’s power, were a Godsend.
With war threatening to fracture Japan, he went to the Dragon of Kiso Mountain and asked him to teach him the secrets of the sword. The Dragon agreed to help in exchange for all of his love. Takezo loved a princess with all his heart but knew Japan would fall if he did not triumph, so he agreed. The Dragon taught him and he became Kensei (a sword saint).
With his newfound knowledge, Kensei fought and won a great battle – thus saving his people. After the battle, the Dragon came to Kensei’s palace to collect on their deal. The Dragon demanded the life of the princess. Kensei refused and cut out his own heart, handed it to the dragon and said, “My love is in here. Take it.” And then he died. When the Dragon saw what Kensei was willing to sacrifice for his people (and his love) he was so moved that he replaced Kensei’s heart and breathed fire-life back into the swordsman.
The Takezo dynasty went on to rule Japan with valour and love for a hundred years.
And according to Tim Kring, you will also learn why Kensei is Caucasian, and not Japanese as originally thought in the Season 2 premiere episode.